It took a bit longer than West virginia had originally hoped, but linebacker Tirek Austin-Cave is a Mountaineer.
— TIREK AUSTIN-CAVE (@_tcave) May 7, 2022
Originally recruited by Neal Brown’s first WVU staff in 2019 out of Camden High School in New Jersey, Austin-Cave committed to the University of Miami over WVU, where he saw action on special teams as a true freshman in 2020 and spot duty as a backup linebacker in 2021. He also had offers from Power Five schools Baylor, Kansas State, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Rutgers and Syracuse.
With three years of eligibility remaining, Austin-Cave has plenty of time to work his way into the rotation at WVU. He will be joining the competition for time behind expected starters Lee Kpogba and Lance Dixon at the mike and will positions, where Exree Loe, who missed all of spring with an injury, and young Ja’Corey Hammett are currently spotted as backups, along with Jairo Faverus, who moved down to the will from safety prior to the spring. With his size and strength, he could also slot in as a bandit if the need arises, or if his skillset proves more suited to that position.
Austin-Cave entered the transfer portal in April, near the end of Miami’s spring practice window.
Austin-Cave is the ninth transfer from an NCAA school to join the 2022 Mountaineer roster, and the second linebacker (Jasir Cox). WVU also added juco linebacker Lee Kpogba to its 2022 signing class earlier this year.
Tirek Austin Cave Bio
2021 (Covid Freshman): Saw action in eight games, largely on special teams…Finished with five total tackles (four solo)…Made season debut in win over Appalachian State (Sept. 11)…Saw time against Michigan State (Sept. 18)…Competed against Central Connecticut State (Sept. 25) and had two tackles…Played in games against Virginia (Sept. 30) and North Carolina (Oct. 16)…Saw action in win over Pittsburgh (Oct. 30), totaling one tackle…Played against Georgia Tech (Nov. 6)…Competed in regular season finale against Duke (Nov. 27), finishing with two total tackles.
2020 (True Freshman): Saw action in nine games in first collegiate season, largely on special teams…Totaled seven tackles…Made career debut in season opener against UAB (Sept. 10)…Had first two tackles of career in romp of rival Florida State (Sept. 26)…Saw action at top-ranked Clemson (Oct. 10)…Had one tackle in home win over Pittsburgh (Oct. 17)…Played in win over Virginia (Oct. 24)…Saw action in come-from-behind victory at NC State (Nov. 6)…Finished with three total tackles (one solo) in win at Duke (Dec. 5)…Saw action in regular season finale against North Carolina (Dec. 12)…Had one solo tackle in 2020 Cheez-It Bowl against Oklahoma State (Dec. 29).
High School: A three-star prospect by ESPN and listed as the No. 44 player at his position and No. 14 player in New Jersey by ESPN…Helped lead Camden to an appearance in the New Jersey Central Group 2 state championship game…Finished the 2019 season with 148 tackles, 11 sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt…As a senior, was named a Butkus Award nominee and earned first team all-conference, first team All-South Jersey and first team all-state honors.